Blind Date (2009)



Critic Consensus: Despite the chemistry of stars Patricia Clarkson and Stanely Tucci, Blind Date's stagey direction and underdeveloped story make it feel more like a rehearsal than a performance.

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A married couple deal with a crushing loss in a way that's both funny and deeply sad in this comedy-drama from director, screenwriter and star Stanley Tucci. Don (Tucci) and his wife Janna (Patricia Clarkson) meet every night in the same shabby nightclub where Don performs a humorously shambolic magic act. Don and Janna's relationship has been on the verge of collapse since the death of their daughter, and they're trying to reconnect with each other through role playing, so each evening they pretend they're meeting for the first time on a blind date after discovering one another through personal ads. Sometimes they assume characters that are openly confrontational, while other times they try to bring a sweetness and intimacy back into their lives, but more often than not their struggle to reclaim the love they knew ends in confusion and frustration. Blind Date was adapted by Tucci and screenwriter David Schechter from Theo Van Gogh's 1996 film of the same name; it was the second in a series of remakes of Van Gogh's films (following Steve Buscemi's Interview) created in response to Van Gogh's assassination by political extremists in 2004.
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Critic Reviews for Blind Date

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

It's about watching two always-fine actors do a lot with very little.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The film never lifts itself above its origin as a well-meaning, underdeveloped exercise.

September 25, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

A remake of a film by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh, it fails to captivate despite -- or perhaps because of -- the frantic acting efforts of Tucci and the normally reliable Patricia Clarkson.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
New York Post
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Ultimately, the joke goes on too long -- for the couple and for us -- and the film fades away before the final fade-out.

Full Review… | September 24, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's overly faithful to the original and to Van Gogh's preferred three-camera setup.

Full Review… | September 23, 2009
Village Voice
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It's the kind of two-hander that relies solely on the chemistry of the actors, both of whom banter, parry and bum rush their way through various left turns with grace. Their pas de deux almost makes up for this threadbare tragedy's no-win endgame. Almost.

Full Review… | September 22, 2009
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Blind Date

It is a rare occurrence when you are watching a movie and think to yourself "this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen" and then you start thinking "could this be worse than The Ice Storm?" Such was the case here. It was terribly boring. If you think you want to see Blind Date, go see the version with Bruce Willis and Kim Bassinger from the 80's.

Eric Richard
Eric Richard

Tucci (as director and actor) and Clarkson endeavor mightily to invigorate this woebegone tale of lost and regret, theatrically done mainly in one locale (a tavern). A married couple pretends not to know one another in order to meet afresh time after time, an effort to jump start their desperately failing marriage, but between the art and artifice you get confused, get lost, and you will too, despite the competent work (always) of the leads.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Blind Date runs for under 90 minutes, but it feels much, much longer. Excruciatingly longer, to be precise. Nothing about the film-none of the role play scenarios, not the "beat it over your head" voice over by a child or the finale-rings true. Instead of being concerned with the two main characters, I found myself wondering who the people were populating the small bar...or where the bar was actually located...or why these two weren't seeing a professional counselor. In other words, I was thinking about anything to keep my mind active through each date since the movie is devoid of any oomph. We're not even given a reason to root for these people. There's no intrigue, no depth, no true characterization; everything we "know" about these people is false since they're playing other people. If the purpose is to lull the audience to sleep and test their willpower, Blind Date succeeds. In every other way, it can't help but fail.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

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